Ok, I've discovered Carlsbad Village and it seems the top breakfast joints based on the crowds are
Don's Country Kitchen
The Grand Deli
Al's "In the Village" Cafe
The Daily News
(It is not in the village, but I am personally boycotting Tip Top because of how rude they were to me including the owner John. No place is that good).
I tried Don's today. In a way, I feel like I'm living in a time warp. So many of the restaurants here are like the coffee shops of the 60's and 70's. In SF, restaurants spend big bucks trying to imitate that atmosphere and food and never get it right.
So Don's was like that. Nothing special in a razzle dazzle way. Prices were great. I had the breakfast special which was a blackberry pancake, 1 egg and 2 sausage links.
I'll remember that pancake, like something you would whip up at home. Generous fresh blackberries in the batter that oozed wonderful juices when you bit into them. There wasn't REAL maple syrup with this, just Log Cabin. The sausages weren't some fancy dancy chicken apple type of meat, but probably Hormel.
But it was perfect in it's simplicity. Don's is the type of place that Denny's has sadly put out of business in other areas of the country.
The waitress said the corned beef hash and the fresh spinach omlette were very popular as well. Super friendly staff. I appreciated an answer when I asked what was good. Most places just say "everything"
Like the food, the decor wasn't razzle dazzle, but there was thought put in the place. The plates were like home dishes with pink and white flowers on a blue background that mathced the blue walls and some pink chairs. Like home (well at least mine), the place was not quite coordicated, but seemed to have knick nacks and pictures that caught the owner's eye at one time or another.
I like the Don's and the coffee joints in the area.
So what is your opinion on the others?